Monday, January 9, 2017

01-09-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday January 9th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Maria Johnson, Host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, a progressive minded show which, through January, airs EVERY Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a visit with the program's patron saint, Passionist Father John Baptist Pesce, sharing his thoughts on five subjects: whether it's okay to shop for a parish; Pope Francis' end of the year peace message; Father John's own inspired Christmas homily; making friends with obedience; and last but not least, as we face the end of the world as we know it, surviving the Trump administration. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at and forever at, where you can find Father John's homily and other bells and whistles of interest.

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings the ongoing Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude at 7 pm. On Tuesday, there’s Intentional & Empowering Yoga at 1 pm. On Thursday at 8 pm it’s a double bill, with Jennifer Hill of Murderous Chanteuse and Kierstin Sieser of The Tiny Ocean combining talents for a night of Little Girls with Loud Mouths. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of Honoring Your Unique Self. Acoustic folk comes your way Saturday night at 8 pm presented by Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP). Details at
Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, Manic Productions presents The Nude Party, The Oddbodies, and Skating. On Tuesday it’s Soul Conversion, Prologues, and Flames Ov The Fallen. Wednesday’s bill includes Wes Swing, Olive Tiger, and Jay Sirianni. On Thursday they bring you Wise Old Moon and Muddy Ruckus. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Buzz Gordo, followed later by We Are Scientists and Straight To VHS, brought to you by Manic Productions. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser happening later at 9 pm. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4 brings you An Afternoon with Larry Kirwan of Black 47.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s their Night of Smooth Jazz with Ron Lawrence & Friends. On Thursday they’re Jammin’ In the New Year with Keepers of the Vibe, Viva la Hop, and Flowers N Kain. On Friday and Saturday it’s two days of the Opus Blizzard B-Day Bash. Check the website for full details on who’s in the lineup.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series continues with the Jacques Lesure Trio. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday, house band The Po Boys is on deck. On Friday, the Jeremy Baum Trio brings you blues and soul-jazz from the ‘60’s. On Saturday, guitarist/songwriter Tom “The Suit” Forst takes Sally’s stage.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Middlesex Hospital presents a Tobacco Use Cessation Workshop on Tuesday at 11 am. At noon, they sponsor the workshop “How to Turn Your Dream of a Career in Healthcare into a Reality” with Terri Sells. At 5:45 pm the Job and Career Group Workshop is “Create Balance & Relieve Anxiety” with Diane Lang. Find details of these events and more for adults, kids, and families at

The North End Action Team of Middletown is showing their appreciation for the North End Community this Wednesday at 6 pm at La Boca Restaurant on Main St. Enjoy free food, games,   raffles, and more. Details at the Arts2Go Facebook page.

The Hartford Public Library hosts a Community Conversation and Public Allies Open Forum this Wednesday at 6 pm at the Downtown Branch. Refreshments will be served. On Thursday at 6 pm they celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday with a reading of “The Raven,” followed by coffee and conversation. On Saturday at 1 pm there’s a community conversation, Solidarity with Standing Rock, led by New England Native artists and educators. The James Weidman Aperturistic Trio performs in the Baby Grand Jazz Series on Sunday at 3 pm.
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Wednesday night, one of CT’s original Jam Bands, “The Bus,” hosts the Wednesday night open mic at The Cypress Restaurant on South Main Street in Middletown.  (860)346-3367 for details.

Manic Productions brings Mat Kerekes, Elder Brother, The Flats, and Pinfinger to The Space in Hamden this Tuesday. On Wednesday, it’s Mates of State and The Sun Parade at Bar in New Haven. Saturday, they headline Deerhunter, appearing with Palm, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.

The Art Guild of Middletown starts off the new year at 7 pm on Thursday with a demonstration of monotype printmaking by Nancy Whitcher at the Woodside Elementary School in Cromwell.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can hear world music performed by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Friday at 8 pm. On Saturday, it’s rock with Vanilla Fudge. Details at

The Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden invites you to their classic American Flyer Trains exhibit this Saturday and Sunday at their Whitney Avenue location. Admission is free. Come run a train, or build a wooden train from a kit. Details and times at

Asylum Hill Congregational Church, The Urban League of Greater Hartford, and the CT Center for Nonviolence invite you to a film screening and discussion, “Get in the Way, the Journey of John Lewis,” Sunday at 6:30 pm the church’s Hartford location. Call 860-525-5696 for details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues its run of “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary about a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes the first female in her family to train for an eagle hunting festival in Mongolia, through Thursday. They’re also continuing “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford’s romantic thriller about a divorced couple discovering dark truths. The matinee screening on Thursday in their Film 101 learning series is “Paths of Glory,” Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 classic anti-war movie about a WWI French hero on an impossible mission. There’s a post-film discussion afterwards.  There’s a matinee screening on Friday of “Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness,” a virtual reality journey into blindness based on the real-life experience of theologian John Hull. On Sunday it’s the Connecticut Premier of “How to Build a Time Machine,” in their Science on Screen series, featuring UConn physicist Dr. Ron Mallett and animator Rob Niosi who collaborate to introduce you to the fourth dimension. There’s a post-film Q&A with Dr. Mallett.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors, through Wednesday. On Thursday they screen “Esteros,” in their Out Film CT series, about the reunion of two childhood friends in their native Argentina. On Friday and Saturday they offer “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Fords romantic thriller about a divorced couple and their secrets. Their National Theatre Live matinee on Sunday is Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” They also open “The Forest For the Trees,” a dark comedy from Germany about a young teacher whose idealism leads to isolation and terror.   

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after the jive, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight ahead Jazz and classic Bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s Building Bridges, a weekly labor report from Pacifica.

At 6:30 until 8 pm, 75% Folk with Michael Benson offers Contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks and more.

From 8-9:30 Stay tuned for Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan will cover three hours of radio tonight, from 9:30 to 12:30 pm, taking you back to the Doo-Wop and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.

At 12:30 Stay tuned for more vintage pop music on Franco’s Studio 54 disco mix until 3am,
Maximum Rock and Roll is next from 3 to 4 am, with the best in DIY punk garage rock, and hardcore.

Maximum Rock and Roll is next from 3 to 4 am, with the best in DIY punk garage rock, and hardcore.

BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community, and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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